The First Path: Electromagnetism To Fire

Most Consonants exist on a path between the forces and the elements. Every eleven days or so I’ll be posting a new journal entry about a different path.

The following is what the wheel looks like now.
VerslingCalendar-1-WinterSolstice

It has looked like this since the Winter Solstice and will look like this until the beginning of February.

The first path is the one from Electromagnetism to Fire. From purple to red.

The name of this path is found by pronouncing the phonemes in the following order.

  • The Universe Within
    1. …or the sound of the letters, “ee.”
  •  Electromagnetism
    1. …or the sound, “oo” makes in the word, “boot.”
  • The consonant that associates Electromagnetism and Fire.
    1. …or the sound, “sh,” makes in the word, “hush.”
  • Fire
    1. …or the sound the letter, “u,” makes in the word, “put.”
  • An Ending
    1. …or the sound made by the letter, “n.”

EE OO shuhn is the closest I can get with the Latin alphabet.

Eyoucian

Eyoution

Anyways… Externally speaking, electromagnetism is the force that organizes the elements of the world. The screen you’re reading this on and the clothes you’re probably wearing are as they are because of electromagnetism.

That is what is celebrated during this part of the year. The organizational principle of the universe. The face that the universe presents to us.

Also important is the face that you present to the universe. That is why electromagnetism is associated, in the soul, with The Persona.

This path to fire deals specifically with the things associated with the element Fire.

Fire is associated with energy, the will and the psychological function of Will and Intuition.

This path deals with how your intuitions and energies flow out through your behaviors. Also with the intuitions and energies that emerge in others due to your behavior.

 

 

The Not-Worthy Acorn

Three men stop for the night beside the road. Their wagon creaks to a halt.

They set up small canvas tents, tend to the horses and spark a fire.

After a time, a young girl stumbles into the fire light from the forest beside the road. She is bloody and her clothes are torn.

The youngest of the men catches her just before she faints.

As she is laid down a single gigantic acorn falls from her clothes onto the ground.

The two older men jump away immediately looking horrified. One of them whispers, “Versling!”

The young man seems confused until he sees the acorn too. He goes white with fright.

There is a rustling in the trees beside the road. Everybody looks at the source of the noise.

Before anybody has time to react further, two creatures leap from the brush and violently drag the young man and the unconscious girl into the darkness of the trees.

As the men run the other direction they hear sizzling and screaming and see their shadows cast upon the trees ahead of them by bright orange fire light.

 


The Setting – 90 to 120 years into the future of the United States.

 

The internet has been gone for decades. Very few places have working electricity, running water or sewage treatment. The places with those extravagances (gigantic, dense, dirty shanty cities) are packed full of desperate people whose life expectancy is pretty low and their desire for escape is really high. The governance of these areas more closely resembles a mafia than a city council and some are WAY worse than others.

Outside the cities are the rural communities and townships where people live mostly like they did in the middle of the 19th century. These are the common folk.

The view from inside the Grove.

The Versling are a mish-mash of various magical traditions all united around a common magical alphabet and a desire to survive in the post-collapse world in which they inhabit.

They live together in large communities called Groves. At the core of each grove is a group of elders who represent the different traditions. (The GroveCore)

Surrounding the core are different bands/groups assigned different tasks. Each band living in the grove is nomadic and moves to a different station within the Grove eight times per year (after each festival).

GroveGen

The GroveGen band is a productive and peaceful group (with many sub-groups) that create/produce almost everything needed within the grove and traded outside the grove. (Though they do NONE of the actual trading). Main productive areas are Forest Gardens that provide food, fuel, fiber and medicine. Secondary productive areas are where the food, fuel, fiber are processed. GroveGen members never come into contact with a Non-Versling and never leave the protection of the grove. When they move after each festival, they move sunwise. The druids are single-handedly responsible for the vast array of practical skills possessed by GroveGen.

Produces

  • Food – Biggest vegetables and tastiest beasts come from the Grove.
  • Fuel – Wood, Biodiesel, Ethanol
  • Fiber – Cordage, wicking
  • Medicine – The Versling are the largest drug growers and distributors around.
  • Work Animals

OOC: This is the “light side” of today’s occult scene where Fairies Cards and the Power of Three hold sway.

Magic Used For: Good Harvest (timing, fotamecus lengthen seasons, etc.), Healing, Divination, Enchanting and Teaching

GroveSec

The GroveSec band (and its sub-groups) are also quite productive but are only peaceful when dealing with other Versling. GroveSec is responsible for Grove security and public relations. Their main job is to make the rest of humanity so afraid of the Versling that they stay the fuck away. They accomplish this beautifully using a combination of magic, psychology, fear marketing, myth generation and straight up brutality/violence. Over time the amount of necessary violence becomes less and less given the success of the fear-marketing campaign (and the intensity of the violence that did occur). When and if GroveSec moves after each festival, they move widdershins.

OOC: This is the group that follows a more left-hand-path where a Trickster deity becomes central.

Magic Used For: Intimidation, Fear, Manipulation, Theft and murder (Beware the death spell!) when necessary. Also use fotamecus to reduce travel time.

The perception from outside the Grove.

The Versling are a violent horde of twisted creatures that used to be human before the great collapse (Think Reavers from the Firefly universe). They now inhabit several haunted forests throughout the country. If anybody strays too close to these forests they’re usually never seen again. The Versling have terrible magical abilities and have been known to cause entire villages to go insane (GroveSec have been known to add an acid/dmt mixture designed for a nightmare-trip into food/water supplies).

Some types of trees are known to be sacred to the Versling so should be avoided at all costs. Specifically the Not-Worthy-Oak and the Honey locust. Even walking past an acorn of a Not-Worthy-Oak (Noteworthy Oak) could lead you to a horrifying death. If an acorn from a Not-Worthy-Oak lands in the road, the travelers will move the road to avoid touching it.

The only defense the common folk have against these foul creatures are a group of brave sorcerers and warriors called the Marauders who have been battling the Versling since the beginning of their scourge. (The Marauders are actually an elite group of Versling from GroveSec (The Special Forces and CIA, if you will) who protect the Grove by pretending to guard the common folk.)

If you’re the leader of a town and a Note-Worthy-Oak (tree or acorn) or Honey locust tree is growing too close, you call the Marauders and, for a price, they’ll remove the cursed tree and cleanse the area. (What the common folk don’t realize is that the Marauders are probably the ones that planted it in the first place.)

If you’re the leader of a town constantly attacked or harassed by the Versling you can call the Marauders and, for a price, they’ll fight them off. Sometimes they lose the battle intentionally if the Grove happens to want the land the town sits upon. A loss is also a great way to enforce the belief that the Versling are extremely powerful. Few actual casualties ever really occur in these battles.

The Marauders are also the ones who sell/trade all of the high quality items produced within the grove for items that the Grove can’t produce itself. Scrap metal, salt and other minerals being highly prized. When the desperate people from the dense cities need drugs to escape their lives, they turn to the Marauders.

The Grace of Gaia

The world doesn’t work like a machine. That is because the world isn’t a machine.

It is alive so it must be dealt with as if it were alive.

First, it has a name. That name, from my point of view, is Gaia.

Gaia has intelligence and wisdom far surpassing our own but more importantly, Gaia has a will of her own.

She can see the damage humans cause. She has tools that can be employed to stop this train wreck of a civilization.

Yet we exist. She either still has hope that we can be turned around or more likely, civilization is also a tool in her employ.

Fortunately that tool requires a few specific fuels and supply of those is running short. It is possible that the draining of said fuel supply is the reason she employed the tool of civilization in the first place.

But probably not completely. See as a conscious being she can use civilization and technical progress as a way to know herself and explore herself.

The universe does the same thing with planets like Gaia. Uses them to observe and understand its self.

So the fact that we exist leads me to believe that we actually serve some purpose. Weird. I wasn’t expecting that.

That purpose, mostly, is likely to understand as much about everything as possible until we die and our experiences are packaged up and uploaded into the collective.

I can do that.

How Do We Unite?

s300_rail-track-image-large-4I don’t know. It requires that people come to understanding.

Understanding requires respectful communication.

Communication is continually interrupted by strong emotion.

There are so many emotional causes that people could get behind right now that the one cause that should unite everybody is overshadowed.

That one cause is to change how we live so we can react to the slow breakdown of life as we know it over the next few decades. It may not feel like it now, maybe it does, but we’re at the pinnacle of the roller-coaster track and we’ve just begun the way down.

Our way of life requires a buttload of energy and that energy isn’t going to be nearly as available as it is today.

We’re going to have to deal with a lot less than we’re expecting to. Systems we rely on now are going to stop working. This is so general it is hard to picture. Let me help that…

You turn on the tap. No water comes out. If water does come out it is full of chemicals and microbes that you have to remove first.

You turn on the lights. The lights don’t come on. If they do come on it will only be for periods of time.

You go to the store. It is closed because the gigantic corporation that operated it couldn’t afford to keep it open. They had to close because too many people in your area can no longer afford to shop there either because they lost their job or the goods were simply too expensive to profit from.

You turn on the heat and nothing happens. Even if the electricity worked to power the heater’s fan, it would blow freezing cold air because there are natural gas shortages.

You go to the ATM and after waiting in line for hours you’re only allowed to take out $100 each day. They’re restricting withdrawals because they don’t have enough capital to cover their other liabilities. People with large deposits are having their savings stolen to pay for bad bets that the banks made.

Everything on the list above is happening now somewhere. It is a thermodynamic certainty that it will happen almost everywhere in the next century or so.

There are effective responses to all of the issues above but they’ll be ignored and remain, for the most part, unimplemented.

The ones who have climbed the highest have the furthest to fall and should expect a very large jolt.

That is the main problem. The jolt is going to feel like failure and it will be depressing and oppressing and feel very unfair.

There will still be some people unaffected by the collapse and they’ll continue to believe that it is their deeds alone, instead of luck, that are keeping them on the right side of this thing.

They’re currently called the, “elites.”

The elites will blame the downtrodden for their own misfortunes and will be blamed by the downtrodden for the very same thing.

All of this tension and stress will be so distracting that we’ll forget to respond to this collapse correctly.

We’ll continue to believe that, if somebody would change something, things will go back to being OK or even continue their relentless trajectory towards, “better.”

That is a delusion and should be crucified.

 

And another.

I’ve got to learn to write something that won’t be so controversial should I actually publish it.

Tonight I know exactly what I’m going to do. Well I’m writing right now but soon I’ll be cleaning.

I’ve got to do dishes, wipe down counters, sweep, vacuum and fold laundry. Oh and pickup bedroom.

But until I start on that shit, here I sit at the computer putting words into it.

Feeding it information that will likely never be read again. If it is it will likely just be re-read by myself.

But here I sit anyway.

I’ve been thinking about consciousness. Would everything, “out there,” exist if there were nothing to observe it?

I don’t know that I’m as certain of that answer as I used to be. I used to be certain that an, “out there,” existed and would whether or not it was observed.

Now I’m thinking that so long as there is something to observe, it is being observed. “Out there,” is observing its self. The universe observing itself.

Out there has a self. It has consciousness. I wonder what the world looks like to it.

I bet it looks while we’re dreaming. It looks while we’re creating. It is there when we’re feeling. It is there when we’re doing anything that matters.

Oh my fuck I hope the universe is has more mental stability and empathy than us fucking humans.

I pray it does. I should make sure the universe gets a healthy dose of logic and reason every day. And empathy and philosophy and love.

But instead of that right now I’m importing violence and blood and gore and hate and anger and stress directly into my mind.

No wonder the universe stopped talking to me for so long.

Learn to, “I,” differently.

What do you refer to when you say or think the word “I”?

That word encapsulates a great many things. If the speaker is an artist named Jan then “I” likely refers to a female human who enjoys creating creatively. If this female Jan has two kids and a husband then “I” hopefully includes the roles of mom and wife. If Jan was emotionally abused as a youngster then “I” may, under certain sad circumstances, refer to somebody who feels worthless.

You are what you identify with.

By the time you’re grown up most of the “I’s” you identify with are reliant upon others. Jan, for instance, might not be an artist today if she hadn’t had so much pain to work through from the emotional abuse.

These are all things that Jan identifies as part of her, “self.”  That is why, when any of these things are threatened, Jan feels threatened.

Jan recently read Cosmos by Carl Sagan. Seven sentences had a profound effect on her. Those sentences are quoted below…

“The surface of the Earth is the shore of the cosmic ocean. On this shore, we’ve learned most of what we know. Recently, we’ve waded a little way out, maybe ankle-deep, and the water seems inviting. Some part of our being knows this is where we came from. We long to return, and we can, because the cosmos is also within us. We’re made of star stuff. We are a way for the cosmos to know itself.” – Carl Sagan, Cosmos

When Jan read that she felt what Carl Sagan was describing when he wrote…

“The Cosmos is all that is or was or ever will be. Our feeblest contemplations of the Cosmos stir us — there is a tingling in the spine, a catch in the voice, a faint sensation, as if a distant memory, of falling from a height. We know we are approaching the greatest of mysteries.” – Carl Sagan, Cosmos

…because she realized that she was a bit of cosmos. Her next thought caused the exact same reaction only more intense because she realized that she was a bit of cosmos that had gained awareness of its own existence and was also aware that it was aware. She literally became the cosmos, self-aware.

She realized that when she used the word, “I” she was ultimately referring to the Cosmos itself. The Universe literally had a, “self,” of which she was a part. From that moment on Jan I’d differently.

She is now a bit of the Cosmos painting a portrait of another bit of Cosmos.

She is now a bit of the Universe wiping her hung-over-as-fuck-husband’s face with a cool, damp cloth. He was a bit of Cosmos having a very bad time after having a very good time.

She is now a bit of sentient Universe giving birth to and raising other sentient bits of Universe.

She is now the Cosmos bewildered by the fact that the Cosmos has the capacity to be bewildered at all.

She is now a Versling.

The Strong Force and The Elements

The Strong Force is the source of all barriers. It keeps what is together, together. It keeps what is apart, apart.

Flow from an area, to a point.

…The Strong Force of Earth

Oh Lun

The tip of the pointer finger of the dominant hand.

  • Cliffs
  • Gorges
  • Lava Flows
  • Wind Breaks
  • Earth’s Crust

…The Strong Force of Water

Oh Gen

The tip of the middle finger of the dominant hand.

  • Rivers that cannot be crossed.
  • Being stuck under ice.
  • Ice walls

…The Strong Force of Fire

Oh Zhun

The tip of the ring finger of the dominant hand.

  • The process of hardening something with fire. (i.e. bricks, steel, wood)
  • A Firebreak or tactical fire.
  • An unassailable desert.
  • A wall of fire you cannot go through.

…The Strong Force of Air

Oh Vin

The tip of the pinkie finger of the dominant hand.

  • A Balloon
  • A Wall of Wind
  • The strength of an idea.
  • Pressurized stadiums.

The Weak Force and The Elements

The Weak Force is a force of change and churning. A force that breaks barriers and rearranges all it touches.

Flow from a point, to an area.

…Weak Force Of Earth

Ah Mun

Tip of first finger of weak hand.

  • Tilling the soil.
  • Mining
  • Oil Extraction
  • Deforestation
  • Erosion
  • Desertification
  • Ecological Succession
  • Earthquakes

…Weak Force Of Water

Ah Pen

Tip of middle finger of weak hand.

  • The state changes of water from solid to liquid to gas.
  • Ocean Acidification
  • A river flowing out to sea.
  • Crossing water. Banishing it as a barrier.
  • Flooding
  • Mudslides

…Weak Force Of Fire

Ah Suhn

Tip of ring finger of weak hand.

  • Putting out a fire.
  • Getting out of a burning building.
  • Jumping over fire.
  • Fire burning down a barrier or otherwise clearing the way.
  • Death

…Weak Force Of Air

Ah Hin

Tip of pinkie finger of weak hand.

  • Climate change.
  • Breakthrough of inspiration.
  • Getting air when you really need it.
  • Strong winds that blow down barriers.